Materiality analysis and matrix

A part of Swedish Match’s stakeholder dialogue is the sustainability stakeholder survey. The purpose of the survey is to consider the views of the Company’s stakeholders and to examine whether the Company is focusing on sustainability activities that are material to them.

In 2015, we conducted a stakeholder survey (with customers, consumers, suppliers, employees, the financial and scientific communities, as well as regulators) on sustainability topics based on the GRI framework and industry benchmark.

Results from the survey provided important input to a materiality analysis conducted in 2016. The process, resulting in the above mentioned focus areas, was directed by the Group Management Team. Key internal stakeholders representing a wide range of departments and different operating units were involved and ­external expertise was consulted.

Relevant sustainability frameworks1) were consulted in the ­process to define the issues that are material to Swedish Match. Materiality was assessed on the basis of severity of issues in the global context, the Company’s actual impact, our potential to directly or indirectly influence the issue, as well as its impact on the long term viability of our business.

We will continue our dialogue with identified stakeholders to confirm and further develop our sustainability efforts.

1) Frameworks referred to include the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the GRI G4 framework.